Friday, August 19, 2022

A majority of Americans see an 'invasion' at the southern border, NPR poll finds


With the midterm elections approaching, Republican politicians, including the governors of Florida and Texas (and here and here), have attacked the Biden administration on immigration.  The attacks are having ing an impact, which does not bode well for Democrats in November.     

An NPR poll shows that more than half of Americans say there's an "invasion" at the southern border and a decline in support for immigrants overall.  Here is the new NPR/Ipsos poll,  The poll also found that large numbers of Americans hold a variety of misconceptions about immigrants — greatly exaggerating their role in smuggling drugs into the country, and how likely they are to use public benefits, for example.

Republicans are more likely to hold negative views of immigrants. But the poll found they're not alone in embracing increasingly extreme rhetoric around immigration.  The poll found that a majority of Americans — including three-quarters of Republicans — say it's either somewhat or completely true that the United States is "experiencing an invasion" at the southern border.


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